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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Ex-Aussie coach tips bowlers' paradise for Ashes


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Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann expects England to go green during the Ashes despite their day one red-ball capitulation at the hands of Ireland.

The World Cup winners were humbled by the Test minnows at Lord's on the opening day of their one-off Test, just a week out from the August 1 Ashes opener.

Joe Root's men were bowled out before lunch for 85 and Ireland finished the first day with a 122-run lead, with England's new-look top order no match for the accurate Tim Murtagh (5-13).

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Australia were simultaneously enduring their own batting concerns, with David Warner the only man to pass 50 in three innings during the side's internal trial.

Watching the carnage from Australia, the returning Brisbane Heat coach tipped the bowler-friendly conditions to be a feature of the upcoming series.

"It was enjoyable to watch (Ireland dominate), mind you we lost a few wickets in our internal trial - it's been a wicket frenzy," he said.

England bowled out by Ireland for 85

"It'll be interesting to see how England decide what wickets they produce, especially Edgbaston (the first Test), where last time we were there it was quite green.

"If they keep it the same it could be quite quick Test matches, with two good bowling attacks going at it."

But suggestions that may be a risky tactic for the hosts, given Australia's bowling talent, were all but dismissed by Lehmann.

"At Lord's and The Oval, where wickets are more traditional, Australia have played really well," he said.

"So I think they'll probably look at that and go 'we need to make sure there's enough in the wicket for the bowlers'.

"(Stuart) Broad and (Jimmy) Anderson are world class aren't they, but are getting on a bit so they might actually say 'we need to produce a wicket that swings and seams a bit'."

James Anderson

Lehmann deemed Australia's novel internal trial a productive exercise despite it being a low-scoring affair.

"If England produce those kinds of wickets at least our bowlers will be right on the speed," he said.

"It's about keeping it really simple (while batting in England), having great defence, making good choices but hitting the ball late is the key."

Lehmann's first Test XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Joe Burns, Tim Paine (c, wk), James Pattinson/Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann expects England to go green during the Ashes despite their day one red-ball capitulation at the hands of Ireland.

The World Cup winners were humbled by the Test minnows at Lord's on the opening day of their one-off Test, just a week out from the August 1 Ashes opener.

Joe Root's men were bowled out before lunch for 85 and Ireland finished the first day with a 122-run lead, with England's new-look top order no match for the accurate Tim Murtagh (5-13).

https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1154000469267746816

Australia were simultaneously enduring their own batting concerns, with David Warner the only man to pass 50 in three innings during the side's internal trial.

Watching the carnage from Australia, the returning Brisbane Heat coach tipped the bowler-friendly conditions to be a feature of the upcoming series.

"It was enjoyable to watch (Ireland dominate), mind you we lost a few wickets in our internal trial - it's been a wicket frenzy," he said.

England bowled out by Ireland for 85

"It'll be interesting to see how England decide what wickets they produce, especially Edgbaston (the first Test), where last time we were there it was quite green.

"If they keep it the same it could be quite quick Test matches, with two good bowling attacks going at it."

But suggestions that may be a risky tactic for the hosts, given Australia's bowling talent, were all but dismissed by Lehmann.

"At Lord's and The Oval, where wickets are more traditional, Australia have played really well," he said.

"So I think they'll probably look at that and go 'we need to make sure there's enough in the wicket for the bowlers'.

"(Stuart) Broad and (Jimmy) Anderson are world class aren't they, but are getting on a bit so they might actually say 'we need to produce a wicket that swings and seams a bit'."

James Anderson

Lehmann deemed Australia's novel internal trial a productive exercise despite it being a low-scoring affair.

"If England produce those kinds of wickets at least our bowlers will be right on the speed," he said.

"It's about keeping it really simple (while batting in England), having great defence, making good choices but hitting the ball late is the key."

Lehmann's first Test XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Joe Burns, Tim Paine (c, wk), James Pattinson/Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

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